Wednesday December 26th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

    THE BLAUSEE , A NICE MOUNTAIN LAKE IN THE KANDER VALLEY, SWITZERLAND

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  2. citizen817 says:

    Beautiful listen…

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    • Tiana says:

      WOW… thank you citizen… 🙂

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I was just talking with my wife a couple of days ago, she read an article on the mission and I told her I remembered exactly where I was – I was on CQ duty in the 2nd Aerial Port orderly room at Sewart AFB in Tennessee. I didn’t have a family there so the choice was obvious. They had a TV and radio there as the duty was 12 hours long and they tried to keep you from going stir crazy.
      Interesting thing about this is the ‘then’ and ‘now’. Imagine NASA astronauts daring to do something like that in today’s secular (read ‘anti-Christian) times. Everyone from the ACLU to CAIR would be out for their heads. Yup, ancient history.

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    • Cisco says:

      🛐🙏🛐
      Thank you citizen817
      That passage never ever gets old.
      Certainly not now, but I believe in prior administrations, definitely the Obama one, these men would have been busted out of the service once they landed for what they did.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Water Baptism And The Future Day Of The Lord

    The following was our response to a friend who inquired if baptism would be practiced again in the future Tribulation.

    It does appear that water baptism will play a role in the terms of salvation during the coming day of the Lord. We know, for example, the gospel of the kingdom will again be preached, which included this water ceremony (Matt. 24:14 cf. Mark 16:15,16). When baptism was practiced by John and the twelve it was to manifest Christ to Israel (John 1:31). This will again be needful during the future Tribulation period following the Rapture.

    Since Israel was to be a kingdom of priests it was essential for John the Baptist to baptize believing Israelites into the priesthood (Ex. 19:5,6; 29:1-4; Isa. 61:6). It will be necessary for this to be continued during the time of Jacob’s Trouble as well. As we know, in time past, water baptism symbolized the washing away of Israel’s sins. While this aspect of the water rite will be replaced with the understanding that believing Israel will be redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (I Pet. 1:18,19), baptism will still be observed as an expression of faith in Christ’s death.

    It is our firm conviction that water baptism will again be practiced when God resumes the prophetic program in the coming day of the Lord. God will pick up right where He left off at Pentecost. What we witness in Acts Chapters 2 and 3 will be reinstated at the beginning of the Tribulation.

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/water-baptism-and-the-future-day-of-the-lord/

    Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

    Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
    6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

    Exodus 29:1 And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest’s office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,
    2 And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.
    3 And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams.
    4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.

    Isaiah 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

    1Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
    19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

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  4. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  5. citizen817 says:

    😂😂😂
    Trying to put gas in a Tesla!

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Manual Ponce and Andres Segovia were good friends. During a time when there were numerous “discovered” Baroque pieces of dubious authenticity, they decided to create a clever hoax. Ponce wrote a sonata in the style of Baroque lutenist S.L. Weiss and then claimed he’d “discovered” a otherwise unknown manuscript. The piece was published as a Weiss piece and, in fact, convinced people for many years that it was authentic. Only later was it discovered that “Weiss” was really Mexican composed Manual Ponce . . . It’s still a lovely piece of music which is composed in a style very like S.L. Weiss.

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    • angellestaria6674 says:

      Having learned on my father’s classical Martin guitar many years ago, I appreciated this selection.

      Episodes and negative occasions have left me with nerve damage so that my hands don’t always work so well. Not being able to play guitar, piano and organ is a great loss. I miss it soooo much.

      Peace

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  7. angellestaria6674 says:

    D_I

    It is wonderful to come here where people are free to share spiritual thoughts, wisdom, truth, love, care…and to free to express scriptures from God’s Word. That Word is everything of life, even critical life to me.

    I can tell you, that no less than 100 times in the past 20+ years, the power of that Holy Word, along with faith in Jesus Christ, has miraculously kept me alive when staring death, wicked devices and evil in the face. People that know me well know that I am a living miracle and should have been gone many times a long time ago. But God had a purpose. I truly can identify with GENESIS 49:23 and have often registered my complaints to the Lord under great duress. But He knows, understands and is full of loving-kindness and tender mercies.

    My past helps me to pray for and have great, merciful compassion for DJT because he too, is getting bitterly shot at from the archers of that satanic, demonic kingdom and the powers and principalities who drive the progressive, liberal, leftist hatred and evil heart of wicked government and agencies on Earth. Hence the prayer…Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

    I say all that to say this:

    It is a comfort station to come here where the daily opening of Conservative Treehouse starts with the great Our Father Prayer. And Sundance gives his treepers a lot of latitude to share scripture and Christian thoughts. It ministers to those of us who bear a lot painful scars. It refreshes the soul and lightens sorrowful eyes who gave seen too much death, war, killing, violence agains children…

    So thank you, grandma/cov, fleb and others for your sharing. This site truly is aptly named, The Last Refuge.

    May God bless all of you and strengthen you this next new year. We are in the long game of a great and dreadful war, physically and spiritually. I will continue to pray for God to keep Sundance healthy AND SAFE!

    Shalom always and forever…
    AS

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “the power of that Holy Word, along with faith in Jesus Christ,”

      Dear angellestaria6674,

      Thanks for sharing your testimony with us. The POWER for us believers is in his Word!

      1Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

      Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

      I have placed bits and pieces here at the Treehouse over the past 9 months or so of some of what I have been through as well. However, no matter what dispensation we live in, God is faithful and true to his promises for people living at that time.

      2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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      • angellestaria6674 says:

        You and several others here at TCTH have been inspiring in the way Paul taught about how the Body of Christ works. Each member, whether head, eye, hand or foot, is equally important in the sight of God.

        We are to each take our place and be of the ministry of Christ to each other.

        I actually find that happening here on Sundance’s site. And he himself, by giving great latitude to Christian faith and sharing, is part of that great and holy body.

        Thank you for your contribution as such.

        Blessing always and forever.

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        • angellestaria6674 says:

          One more thing…

          Your words…”God is faithful and true…”

          Will finally be biblically proven to the whole Creation at the Second Coming…Revelation…He comes back as FAITHFUL & TRUE.

          Peace!

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  8. andyocoregon says:

    One of my old favorite TV shows.

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  9. smiley says:

    BREAKING… Israeli Airstrike in Syria’s Damascus

    https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Report-Syrian-Air-Defenses-intercept-missiles-near-Damascus-575428

    Dec 25, 2018

    launch carried out from northern city of Hadera..

    according to various reports, a delegation of senior Hezbollah leaders in Damascus came under attack and were injured (allegedly an assassination plot).

    “With the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces {at Israel’s northern borders}, Israel’s northern front has become the IDF’s No. 1 priority.”

    there is a growing Iranian presence , along with smuggling of weapons to Hezbollah from Tehran to Lebanon via Syria .

    Israel’s defense system (the Arrow ?) was activated late Tuesday night against a Syrian anti-aircraft missile.

    lengthy and informative article w/ videos and tweets on this developing situation.

    Israel is determined to, and capable of, going it alone, if necessary…against…

    Turkey
    Iran
    Russia
    Syria

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. smiley says:

    Camino Rojo

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    El Bodegon

    oil/canvas

    (no date )

    by Rafael Catala ~ Spain~ Contemporary ~ Hyper Realism ~ Still Life

    estudio…

    🙂

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  12. Monticello says:

    Psalm 36
    1 I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]
    There is no fear of God
    before their eyes.

    2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
    too much to detect or hate their sin.
    3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
    they fail to act wisely or do good.
    4 Even on their beds they plot evil;
    they commit themselves to a sinful course
    and do not reject what is wrong.

    Pray earnestly and without ceasing that the evil shadow darkening our door will be removed.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Psalms 36:7
      “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”

      King James Version (KJV)

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  13. Dora says:

    Claude Monet – The River Epte 1890

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    • pnj01 says:

      Beautiful. Thank you. I am familiar with Monet’s myriad of Nympheas (Water Lily) paintings but don’t recall this painting. My wife and I have taken two trips to Monet’s country home at Giverny where he painted the Nympheas in his own Japanese garden. I learned after Googling the River Epte that the waters flowing through Monet’s garden are the waters of the River Epte. Anyone visiting Paris during the six months from May to the End of the October can take a six hour trip (by excursion bus) out to Giverny for a guided tour. Thousands do every day. It is a peaceful way to appreciate the glories of French Impressionism and the Great Glory of God’s Creation.

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  14. Monticello says:

    Psalm 31
    22 In my alarm I said,
    “I am cut off from your sight!”
    Yet you heard my cry for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

    23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back in full.
    24 Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord

    May a revival sweep this country of the United States Lord, may your name be praised that all who praise you be blessed and all who turn from you be corrected until they see the light.

    Psalm 119:130
    The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

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  15. WingsofCrystal says:

    Amen

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  16. Dora says:

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  17. smiley says:

    the end is near

    😀

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  18. Dora says:

    Ireland seems to be returning to its pagan roots. With the help of the Church too. I find this terrible sad.

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    • pnj01 says:

      Ireland survived 400 years of the English effort to destroy its ancient Religion but now the Church is being eaten from the inside out by Francis and His Gramsci-ite followers who are trying to convert Christ’s Church into a mere political support for Left Wing Socialism. Pray for Holy Mother the Church.

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”
    Psalms 36:9 (KJV)

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. getfitnow says:

    FTA – President and First Lady sing Christmas hymns during a late night mass at the National Cathedral

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6528647/President-Lady-sing-Christmas-hymns-late-night-mass-National-Cathedral.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

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    • Nice! He remembers Christmas Carols by heart! Daniel 2:2 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: KJV
      Thank you God for giving us your chosen leader for US during this time in history. Amen.

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Good Grief!

    PC Christmas Carol 2 | FreedomToons

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  24. Dora says:

    I guess he still has fans.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Perhaps, they want you to believe he does, Dora – I would not go near anything he does with a ten-foot pole – he is one evil man!

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  25. duchess01 says:

    GoFundMe page for Trump’s border wall soars to $17 million, closing in on Time’s Up’s $22 million
    By Quentin Fottrell and Kari Paul
    Published: Dec 26, 2018 12:06 p.m. ET

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/does-crowdfunding-skew-liberal-march-for-our-lives-and-times-up-among-top-5-fundraisers-in-2018-2018-12-07

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  26. annieoakley says:

    I don’t know that this belongs here however I watched some older and newer ‘skits’ about Christmas at my son’s home yesterday. I was appalled at what is supposed to be humor today. A little girl’s Christmas wish for Santa is to move the capital of Israel “back to Tel Aviv?”. The rest were sick sexual ‘jokes’ aimed at POTUS. Fortunately I could only hear bits of them and I didn’t try too hard. One skit was just sick, sick and embarrassing. Hollywood is just beyond evil today.

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    • duchess01 says:

      annie, I think it depends upon from where these movies come – Netfflix has numerous family friendly movies – that are the normal – everything turns out fine – after some twists and turns – and some of them sneak in some ‘political terms’ – but – for the most part – they are enjoyable – no swearing – no bedroom scenes – just guy meets girl – and they kiss –

      Sorry you experienced what you did – do not blame you for being upset – hard to turn it off when you are not in your own home – but, I would have left the room – quickly – that is for sure – and when asked why – tell them right out – it was offensive and why –

      Thanks for letting us know – without your post – we would not be aware this is happening –

      God Bless You!

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      • annieoakley says:

        These were Saturday Night Live “highlights” maybe on utube or something like that. I guess I am too old fashioned to think crude sexual jokes are amusing. They had a crude skit about Appalachians that was so stupid it was embarrassing.

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        • duchess01 says:

          There is not accounting for taste – I guess – annie – has nothing to do with age, annie – it has to do with your values – if we accept it and do not react to it – whatever they want to push is ‘acceptable’ – jokes about an intimate encounter are just plain ugly – as are jokes about a particular lifestyle and/or culture – by walking away or out of the room – one makes a statement – imho – some things are just not funny – period

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  27. duchess01 says:

    Walmart Santa Elwyn Crocker charged after kids are found in his yard
    By Tamar Lapin

    December 26, 2018 | 10:08am

    https://nypost.com/2018/12/26/walmart-santa-elwyn-crocker-charged-after-kids-are-found-in-his-yard/?amp

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  28. smiley says:

    WARNING… NOT SATIRE

    ICE Releases HUNDREDS Of Migrants In Texas Over Christmas

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/26/ice-releases-hundreds-of-migrants-in-texas-over-christmas/

    Dec 26, 2018

    yep…hundreds…almost 200 yesterday alone…in El Paso…

    pathetically, ICE is “constrained” by Congress, and has “curtailed reviews” of post-release plans from families apprehended on the border.

    migrants : “It’s like a dream !”

    … Beto O’Rourke is also thrilled.

    more about it, at the link.

    SMH in disgust.

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  29. Mandy says:

    Oh Lord I have cried

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  30. Janie M. says:

    Colonel Bristol, I salute you. Thank you for your continued service. From military.com:

    Retired Marine ‘Man Hunter’ Now Tracking Montana Runaways

    22 Dec 2018
    The Associated Press | By Justin Franz

    [snip]
    KALISPELL, Mont. — When Col. George Bristol retired to Whitefish after 38 years in the United States Marine Corps, including 19 years overseas in some of the most dangerous places on earth, he could have easily kicked back and relaxed.
    But that’s not exactly Bristol’s style.

    “I’m not the type of guy who just sits around,” he told the Flathead Beacon.

    For a few years, he worked as the headmaster at Whitefish Christian Academy. Bristol says he loved the job but it was only temporary, and when another headmaster with more educational experience arrived he gladly stepped aside. But he didn’t sit idle long. For the past six months, Bristol has volunteered as a special deputy with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office helping find runaway juveniles. For Bristol — who earned the nickname “Man Hunter” overseas for his knack for tracking down wanted terrorists — it is the perfect fit.

    “In the military, the mission was to kill or capture,” he says. “But here the mission is to get these kids back home safely. It’s a very different mission outcome, but the techniques (needed to complete) it are similar.”

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/12/22/retired-marine-man-hunter-now-tracking-montana-runaways.html

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  31. duchess01 says:

    Sister Wendy Beckett, TV art historian, dies at 88
    26 December 2018

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46687275

    In the 1990s she became one of the most unlikely television stars.
    Emerging from her hermit-like existence in a caravan at a Carmelite convent in Norfolk, she hosted unscripted BBC shows from galleries across the world.
    Born in South Africa, Sister Wendy moved as a child to Edinburgh, where her father studied medicine, joining a convent when she was 16.

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  32. dbethd says:

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  33. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  34. Dora says:

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way”. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  35. Lucille says:

    Cash-rich Schumer gets caught exploiting the interns
    By Monica Showalter – December 25, 2018

    Has anyone been louder in advocating for a higher minimum wage than New York’s Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?

    He’s bellowed that minimum wages should be raised to at least $12 an hour, attempting to shame Republicans for opposing him, by calling it, (kid you not), “a moral issue,” as he put it.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/cashrich_schumer_gets_caught_exploiting_the_interns.html

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  36. Lucille says:

    Now, why wouldn’t she use a current photo?

    HILLARY CLINTON SENDS CHRISTMAS GREETING, “FROM” THE WHITE HOUSE
    Uses decades-old first lady image in holiday message
    https://www.wnd.com/2018/12/hillary-clinton-sends-christmas-greeting-from-white-house/#OvpxBqFzH4Ay42V8.99

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  37. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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